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Don't want marketing hype? This is just the facts of price, crash test worthiness, and a fuel economy standard. It's easy. Luxury or Mainstream? Choose a class you're shopping in and find the best vehicles in the class on a practical scale.

 

 

 

 

 

Ok, here is the explanation of each column:

Rank in Class

The numbered ranks show what ranking each vehicle received. If you click on the brand button on the bottom of the page, it will take you where you can get more information on their lineup and specific vehicles. The Editors Pick is noted in the ranking. 

Vehicle Descriptors

Year: What model year the vehicle is, it can give you a hint as to whether it is a recently released vehicle or if the data for the next model year isn't available yet.

Make: The manufacturer of the vehicle

Model: The specific name of the vehicle in this class

Price

Each vehicle is given 200 base points. Their base price and max price, which includes all performance, major appearance, and all safety features is added together and divided by 1,000. That 200 is taken away from the result of the price formula. Finally, the result is divided by two (2). 

Formula used to calculate added points to rankings:

-(200-((BASE PRICE + MAXIMUM PRICE)/1,000))/2

MPG or MPGe

For gasoline vehicles the Maximum City and Maximum Highway ratings and add them together and divide them by one and one half (1.5). For electric vehicles the Maximum MPGe is divided by two (2) and added to the Maximum Range divided by fifteen (15). That total is then divided by two (2).

Formula used to calculate added points to rankings:

-For gasoline (MAX CITY MPG+MAX HIGHWAY MPG)/2

-For electric ((MAX MPGe/2)+(MAX RANGE/15))/2

City MPG: The maximum EPA MPG City ratings as listed at fueleconomy.gov

Highway MPG: The maximum EPA MPG Highway ratings as listed at fueleconomy.gov, please note that it may be from a different powertrain combo from the one that gave us the city rating.

NHTSA

Formula used to adjust for NHTSA Safety Ratings:

-5 Stars: Add five (5) points

-4 Stars: No change in points

-3 Stars: Remove five (5) points

-2 Stars: Remove ten (10) points

-1 Star: Remove fifteen (15) points

IIHS

Formula used to adjust for IIHS Safety Ratings:

-For Top Safety Pick Plus/TSP+: Add five (5) points

-For Top Safety Pick/TSP: Add three (3) points

-For Not Fully Tested Passed/NFT-P: Add one (1) point

-For Not Tested/NT: No change in points

-For Did Not Pass/DNP: Remove five (-5) points

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety requirement guide.

TSP+: Vehicle scored a good on all tests performed and the vehicle has earned advanced or superior on anti-crash technology testing and have Marginal or better headlights

TSP: Vehicle scored a good on all test performed but the vehicle doesn't have anti-crash technology achieving advanced or superior rating

NFT-P: Passed completed tests, but score is incomplete

DNP: Vehicle did not obtain good on one or more vehicles that have been tested

Overall Score

This is the total points obtained in the testing. If there is a tie, there are two tiebreakers to see which vehicle gets the higher rank. The first tiebreaker is the IIHS ratings, whichever is the highest here would get the higher rank. If no difference in IIHS testing we move to the second tiebreaker, entry price. Since car manufacturers love to advertise the "starting at MSRP" I figured I'd use this for the last resort tie breaker. The lowest entry price will take the higher ranking.